Slippery Argument Essay: The Meaning Of Life

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The meaning of life is something that philosophers have questioned for centuries. Not only philosophers are interested in answering this question; the average person wonders as well. Much of the population would say the meaning of life is to be happy. But what defines happiness? Who’s to say what happiness truly is; and how could we possibly achieve it? To see happiness, we must view it from different angles to truly figure out what entails happiness.
The argument posed seemed to be simple. If life is meaningless, life is absurd. But life isn’t absurd. Therefore, it isn’t meaningless. One I began to think about it, I realized even figuring out what type of argument it was constituted much difficulty. First, we need to look at the type of arguments
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A slippery slope can be identified based on how ridiculous it sounds. For example, if we allow homosexuals to get married, people will want to marry their cats. I think any rational person would find this argument ridiculous. Therefore, it is a slippery slope argument.
I am personally unsure how to go about identifying this argument regarding the meaning of life. If life was meaningless, it would be absurd to keep on living. This would put us into a substantial amount of misery. But how could we ever know what the meaning of life is? Who’s to say we even know that we are living life properly right now? The idea that life is meaningless seems a little odd to me.
Most people were taught the meaning of life is to be happy. But where do we find happiness? What is happiness? According to Miriam-Webster’s dictionary, happiness is defined as “a state of well-being and contentment”. But how does society define what wellbeing is? This is where the idea of relativism comes in to play. Relativism is the idea that everything is relative to the culture that we were raised in. Meaning, everything we know is a social construct passed down to us for
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It is known as the kallipolis. The city has three levels to keep the city running smoothly. There are guardians, philosophers who rule the city. There are auxiliaries, which protect the city from threats. There are craftsmen, who make money for the city. These levels to the city have corresponding virtues. The guardians must have wisdom. The auxiliaries must have courage. All levels of the city must have moderation to have control over their appetites. The three levels of the soul, the city, and the virtues work together to create what Plato called a “well-ordered” soul and the “well-ordered” soul provides happiness because it is just. So, you could look at is this way, a well-ordered soul equals justice and justice equals

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